The Romanian Deadlift, or RDL, is an excellent lift for developing strength and muscle mass in the posterior chain. Whether your goal is a great physique, a bigger squat or deadlift, or to run faster and jump higher, the RDL can help get you there.
The Romanian deadlift, or RDL, is an eccentric lift, in comparison to all other deadlifts which are concentric lifts that normally start and focus on the positive portions of the lift. The RDL is a lift that starts at the top and focuses on the eccentric, or negative portion, of the movement in which the bar travels toward the ground. Without touching the ground, the bar is then lifted back up to the starting position.
Unfortunately, the RDL is one of the most difficult lifts to learn and coach. Strength Coach Mark Rippetoe takes viewers through the technique and application and execution of the Romanian Deadlift (RDL).
About The Coach Mark Rippetoe
Mark Rippetoe is the author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training, Strong Enough?, Mean Ol’ Mr. Gravity, and numerous journal, magazine and internet articles. He has worked in the fitness industry since 1978, and has been the owner of the Wichita Falls Athletic Club since 1984. He was in the first group certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a CSCS in 1985, and the first to formally relinquish that credential in 2009. Rip was a competitive powerlifter for ten years and has coached many lifters and athletes, and many thousands of people interested in improving their strength and performance. He conducts seminars on this method of barbell training around the country.coach and author.